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Monday 27 April 2009

Banking

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations and international partners. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Banking: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

Questions

Asked by Lord Barnett

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera): The enterprise finance guarantee scheme was launched on 14 January 2009 and lending commenced immediately.

As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed through 20 lenders.

Asked by Lord Bates

Baroness Vadera: As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed through 20 lenders. In the past week alone, potential lending of almost £30 million has been registered by lenders.

Asked by Lord Bates

Baroness Vadera: As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed. Twenty of the 26 approved lenders have commenced lending.



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Asked by Lord Bates

Baroness Vadera: As of 25 March 2009, £173 million of eligible applications from 1,600 businesses have been granted, are being processed or assessed through 20 lenders. In the past week alone, potential lending of almost £30 million has been registered.

Banking: First Trust Bank

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera): The Competition Commission has not required First Trust Bank to raise interest rates. The decision to raise interest rates would appear to be a commercial matter for the enterprise concerned.

As part of its inquiry into personal current account banking in Northern Ireland, the Competition Commission did put in place a number of remedies aimed at making it easier for consumers to make informed choices about their accounts. These remedies included a requirement on banks to provide details of their charges and interest rates on customers’ statements.

Civil Service: Performance Pay

Question

Asked by Lord Newby

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Pay arrangements for the senior Civil Service are managed centrally by the Cabinet Office and are based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

Communications Data

Question

Asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 was launched on 17 April 2009. The consultation invites views on which public authorities should be able to access communications data and which public authorities are able to authorise the use of directed surveillance and covert human intelligence sources, the purposes for which authorisations can be sought and whether there should be an increase in the rank of local authority authorising officers. The consultation also includes revised draft codes of practice for “Covert surveillance and property interference”, and “Covert human intelligence sources, CHIS”. The consultation will last for 12 weeks.

Crime

Question

Asked by Lord Clement-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): This information is not collated centrally. Information on crime is recorded on the basis of the offence rather than the location of the incident.

The Home Office collates data on football-related arrests, inside and outside of football stadia, publishing the information annually. Published data for the past five seasons are available at http://www.homeoffice. gov.uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/football-disorder/.

Football-related arrest totals dating back to 2000-01 season is included in table five of the 2007-08 season published statistics.

Crime: Lethal Weapons

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides specific defences for those who have knives with them for use at work, as part of a national costume, or for religious reasons.



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Criminal Justice: Penalty Notices

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged 16 and over in England and Wales from 2004, commencement of the scheme, to 2007 (latest available), by offence group and outcome is shown in the tables below.

Under the PND scheme, recipients have 21 days in which either to pay the penalty or request a court hearing. Twenty-one days is the minimum period before forces can register a fine for not responding to a notice. If no action is taken, a fine of one and half times the penalty amount is registered by the courts. Fines arising from non-payment of PNDs are treated by the courts in the same way as any other unpaid fine. It is not possible to identify the payment rate of fines arising from unpaid PNDs separately, but the latest enforcement rate for all fines, including those from unpaid PNDs, is 85.2 per cent for the period April to December 2008.

Information for Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Office respectively.

PND data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.



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Table 1: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by Offence and Outcome, England and Wales 2004(1)
of those paid
Offence DescriptionNumber issuedTotal paid in full (%)Paid in full within 21 days (%)Paid in full outside 21 days (%)

£80 Tickets issued

Wasting police time

1,171

512 (44)

362 (31)

150 (13)

Misuse of public telecommunications system

117

52 (44)

36 (31)

16 (14)

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

44

18 (41)

15 (34)

3 (7)

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

28,790

14,306 (50)

10,240 (36)

4,066 (14)

Throwing fireworks

177

89 (50)

72 (41)

17 (10)

Drunk and disorderly

26,609

14,927 (56)

11,050 (42)

3,877 (15)

Criminal damage (under £500)

1,190

681 (57)

528 (44)

153 (13)

Theft (retail under £200)

2,072

870 (42)

665 (32)

205 (10)

Breach of fireworks curfew

12

10 (83)

9 (75)

1 (8)

Possession of category 4 firework

12

5 (42)

1 (8)

4 (33)

Possession by a person under-18 of adult firework

20

10 (50)

9 (45)

1 (5)

Sale of alcohol to person under-18

113

74 (65)

62 (55)

12 (11)

Purchase alcohol for person under-18

84

55 (65)

49 (58)

6 (7)

Delivery of alcohol to person under-18 or allowing such delivery

20

9 (45)

4 (20)

5 (25)

£50 Tickets issued

Trespass on a railway

96

48 (50)

30 (31)

18 (19)

Throwing stones at a train / railway

66

35 (53)

27 (41)

8 (12)

Drunk in a highway

2,497

1,233 (49)

860 (34)

373 (15)

Consumption of alcohol in public place

485

113 (23)

82 (17)

31 (6)

Depositing and leaving litter

51

25 (49)

19 (37)

6 (12)

Consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

7

3 (43)

3 (43)

-

Allowing consumption of alcohol by under-18 on relevant premises

6

3 (50)

3 (50)

-

All offences

63,639

33,078 (52)

24,126 (38)

8,952 (14)


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